Foldable Motorola Razr Goes Official With A Clamshell Design
Karamchand Rameshwar - Nov 14, 2019
Unlike the Galaxy Fold or Huawei Mate X, the Motorola Razr with the clamshell design will turn into a small device when folded.
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The Razr brand is officially back with a foldable Android smartphone. Motorola has officially launched the Motorola Razr 2019, retaining the exterior design of the old Razr phone. But the physical T9 keyboard and LCD screen have been completely replaced with a 6.2-inch OLED panel that folds vertically. Along with that is the Android 9 Pie operating system and the price of the device is set at $1,499 (around Rs. 1,08,000). It will go on sale in January next year.
The Motorola Razr is also a foldable smartphone, but it is different from Samsung's Galaxy Fold or Huawei's Mate X. Instead of turning a smartphone into a tablet with a larger screen, Motorola turns a smartphone into something smaller and easy to carry around
This is not the first time Motorola revived the Razr brand, as it had already introduced the Droid RAZR smartphone. However, it did not recall Motorola's iconic brand and was quite disappointing. The device is not only a familiar name but also inherited a lot of inspiration from the 2004 flip phone.
A special feature of this smartphone is the folding screen. The main screen is a 6.2-inch OLED panel that folds vertically. When opened, it's no bigger than any Android smartphone. Therefore, the experience will not be too different when you shift from a regular Android smartphone. Above the screen, there is a wide notch to house a selfie camera and a speaker.
There is also a 2.7-inch OLED screen on the outside, which Motorola calls Quick View. This secondary screen can display notifications, music control and can be used to take selfies using the rear camera.
Its screen is made from a single panel, protected by a special coating developed by Motorola itself to resist scratches and has a nano-coating inside for splash resistant. The edges of the screen are completely surrounded by a stainless steel frame, which can prevent any objects from getting into the hinge.
The impressive thing is that when opened, the screen becomes completely flat, without any folds or any sense that this is a folding screen.
The smartphone is equipped with a Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage. For photography, the brand uses a 16MP main camera on the rear and 5MP selfie camera upfront. Motorola doesn’t use the Snapdragon 855 SoC on this expensive smartphone because it wants to help optimize battery life and heat since the device is only packed with a modest 2,510mAh battery. The battery still supports 15W fast charging solution via a USB-C port. For security, it has a fingerprint reader mounted on the front.
A significant disadvantage of this phone is its single 16MP rear camera. That will really put the handset far behind other flagships in terms of camera quality. However, Motorola acknowledges that it is impossible to use a larger camera module or more sensors while retaining the foldable design of this smartphone.